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Update From Our Superintendent logo

As we continue to work on our school re-entry plan for the 2020-2021 school year, here is an update from Superintendent Matthew Turner.

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Click here for Safety Expectations set forth by the state of Kentucky as we continue towards the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.  These safety expectations were written with input from the Education Continuation Task Force as well as the Governor’s Office, Department for Public Health, Kentucky Department of Education, the Cabinet of Education and Workforce Development and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Throughout this process, stakeholders from all areas of education have been engaged to provide input and expertise.

Introductory Message To Staff Matt Turner

I am very excited and honored to serve as your next superintendent.  Please click on the image below for my introductory message to you.


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Obviously, the re-opening of our schools in August has been the focus of almost all our work this summer.  Our district team and our principals are working hard and meeting regularly to plan and prepare for our re-opening.  Very soon I will send you more information and also ask your thoughts and views on how we can best serve the needs of our students in a way that is safe for both students and staff.  The best conduits of information will be your principals or supervisors and the SBDM councils at your schools – be sure to stay in touch with them and also keep them informed of your ideas, thoughts, and concerns.



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Ryle High School Selects New Principal ryle logo

Former Assistant Principal of Ryle High School, Matt Shafer, will now serve as Principal.  He has been selected for the position vacated by Matt Turner who has accepted the position of Superintendent of Boone County Schools

Mr. Shafer has been Assistant Principal at Ryle for two years.  He came to Ryle after serving as Assistant Principal then Principal of Pendleton County High School in Falmouth from 2015 to 2018.  He started his career coaching football, girls basketball, and track.  He was also a teacher, teaching Social Studies and U.S. History.

Matt Shafer graduated from Princeton High School in Cincinnati.  His undergraduate degree is in History and Social Studies from Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky. He holds a Masters of Secondary Education and a Masters in Education Administration, both also from Union College.

Mr. Shafer’s selection as Principal of Northern Kentucky’s largest high school was supported with a very important recommendation from his former boss, former Principal Matt Turner.  Mr. Turner says of Mr. Shafer, “Mr. Shafer has always exhibited to me a strong sense of integrity, a clear understanding of teaching and coaching young adults, a reliable moral compass, and a love of other people, especially students.  Overall, Matt has performed exceptionally well as an educator and administrator at Larry A. Ryle High School and is certainly qualified, ready, and deserving of this position.”

Education runs in the Shafer family.  Matt’s lovely wife, Jobeth Shafer, is an 8th grade Science teacher.  They have one son, Nolan.

District Athletic Guidelines practice

The Boone County School District is looking at resuming High School athletic activities beginning July 1st.  Nothing is more important than the safety of our students and staff.  We believe that we are taking the steps necessary to ensure a safe return to practices.  We have developed specific guidelines for athletics as well as sports-specific guidelines based on state health department and KHSAA guidelines.  These guidelines apply to fall sports only.  We are proceeding cautiously and will possibly permit other sports to begin summer activities later. Potentially adding more sports or changes to these restrictions may occur after July 12th when the KHSAA releases new guidelines.


  • A parental permission form must be signed for students to participate.  
  • All activities will be outdoors with a maximum of 50 students that are divided into groups of 10 or less (weight rooms, gymnasiums, and other interior facilities will not be available at this time).
  • Coaches must wear a mask/face-covering in the presence of students at all times.  Students may wear a mask/face-covering but it is not required with proper social distancing.
  • Contact is not permitted between students nor is the use of equipment.
  • The body temperature check of each student is required before participating.
  • Protocols are being developed if a student does not meet the criteria to participate or has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Coaches will track player groups for contact tracing purposes.


District School Re-entry Plan books
In preparation for school re-entry in August, the District is collecting crucial information that will best inform our decision-making and planning. Our ultimate goal is to select the best strategies and instruction models that will keep students safe and provide optimal learning experiences. Our planning is informed by what we learned – both positives and negatives – from the spring emergency Non Traditional Instruction. We are committed to improving upon that experience for the benefit of all Boone County students. This will not be easy. There are barriers and unknowns to overcome. But, with your assistance, we will succeed. ALL Parents, students in grades 6-12, and teachers will be receiving a survey in the next few days inviting you to share your ideas and opinions regarding school re-entry. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. We will continue to keep you informed about our progress. Thank you for your patience and collaboration.
Notice of Non-Discrimination logo

 Public Notice Boone County Board of Education


Students, their families and employees/ potential employees of the Boone County School District are hereby notified that the Boone County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex, disability or genetic information in employment programs, vocational programs, or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups, set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations. The lack of English language skills is not a barrier to admission and participation in programs and activities including career and technical education programs.

Any person having inquires concerning Boone County Schools’ nondiscrimination policies may contact:

Kathleen G. Reutman, Executive Director

Boone County Schools Student Services Division

8330 US 42, Florence, Ky 41042


Summer Food Service ***Updated 6/23*** food

The Boone County School District is serving breakfasts and lunches.

Every Monday: Meals for Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
Every Thursday: Meals for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
***Starting July 6th, we will be sending a weeks’ worth of meals on Mondays***

June 1 to July 20 2020

Service Sites (11:30am – 12:30pm):
Ockerman Elementary
Florence Elementary
Collins Elementary

Questions? Contact:
Kaitlyn Book

Food Service Department

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Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten Registration

As you know, in-person Kindergarten Registration had to be cancelled. This letter is to assure you that your child whose 5th birthday is on or before August 1, 2020 can and will attend Kindergarten in the fall. In the meantime, we have several options for you to register your child for Kindergarten.

You can start on-line at the BCS website (under Quick Links or For Parents, click on Kindergarten Registration) or on your school's website where you will find all the forms needed to begin registration and enrollment.


dr randy poeIn the past week, it seems our world has begun to fracture and come apart at the seams. Pain, fear and inequity have been laid bare in the face of violence, devastation and death. The Boone County School district is committed to acknowledging that we don't have all the answers to the world's injustices, but we can at least listen. We can be understanding.  We will do our part to be respectful, inclusive, empowering, and celebrate life no matter who you are, where you come from or what your life experiences have been.  We want to be your place of refuge.  A place you can come to and know that you matter, this is your home and we care about you as a member of this family.


What can you do to make a difference? Listen and then speak. Especially to people who may have a different life experience than you. At work and at home, ask your neighbor, friend and co-worker how they are doing. You might be the only one to do so and your listening ear can lift the feeling of isolation. Don't fear offending someone. Everyone wants to be heard and cared for. Communication is the most basic form of caring and kindness. If we talk to one another we can't help but come together and overcome the obstacles we face. You can be one person who starts the process today. Your simple question and genuine interest may be the relief someone you know needs right now.



Randy J. Poe, Ed.D.


Dr. Randy Poe - 37 years of service to Boone County Schools Dr. Poe

The road leading to Superintendent for Randy Poe began with his graduation in 1979 from Newport High School. He studied Marketing/Education at NKU graduating in 1983, and in 1985 received his Master of Arts in Secondary Education from NKU. In 2013 Dr. Poe received his Executive Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. During and since that time he has been the recipient of numerous awards. Just to name a few: He is in the National Marketing and Distributive Education Hall of Fame. In 2011 he was awarded the Northern Kentucky Education Council's One-to-One Literacy Award, in 2012 he was recognized as Outstanding Alumni from NKU.   In 2013 Dr. Poe was awarded KASA Superintendent of the Year, in 2015 he received the Dupree Superintendent of the Year award at KSBA. That same year the Northern Kentucky Education Council awarded Dr. Poe their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016 Dr. Poe also received the Community Advocacy for Public Education (CAPE) Award.


Thank you Dr. Poe for 37 years of service and dedication to the students of Boone County! 


Matt Turner Named New Superintendent For Boone County Schools logo

Ryle High School Principal Matt Turner has been appointed to serve as the next Superintendent of the Boone County School District.

Mr. Turner has served in education for 29 years.  The last 14 as Principal at Ryle High, Northern Kentucky’s largest high school with a student population of 2000. Before that he served as Assistant Principal at Ryle, assistant principal at Lloyd Memorial High in Erlanger, KY, and assistant principal at Williamstown High School.  He has held multiple other positions in education throughout his career that include teaching and coaching.  “Matt is known as a gifted leader and administrator throughout Kentucky, says school board president Matt McIntire. We are excited to announce Mr. Turner as our next Superintendent of Boone County Schools and to partner with him on behalf of our students. Matt’s ability to lead teams centered on a shared vision will be vital as we build on the foundation of Achieving Excellence Together in our schools." 

Mr. Turner’s background in education leadership includes Harvard’s Executive Leadership Program for Educators and the National Institute of School Leadership. Having worked in rural, urban and suburban settings to include small towns and larger metropolitan areas perfectly suits him to lead Kentucky’s third largest district of 21,000 students.

The search for a new Superintendent began 4 months ago with a Superintendent Search Screening Committee which included elected teachers, administrators and community members working alongside the Boone County School Board.

Bus Route Finder bus


Our School Bus Route locator is now working!!!

You can always find this link on the district webpage under Quick Links.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can call our Transportation Department at 859-384-5340 and they will answer your questions in the order they are received. We appreciate your patience with this matter.

*** All preschool and kindergarten bus riders will be contacted directly by the drivers. ***